VIDEO: family spots bear in their Cleveland neighborhood
CLEVELAND, Tenn. (WDEF) – In the five years Becky Jo Adam has been living on Eastview Lane never once has she seen a bear in the neighborhood.
That is until Thursday afternoon.
“My daughter and I were driving on the road down here to the house and a car had stopped in front of us, so we were kind of like what’s going on and we looked over thought we saw a dog on a porch and then I realized it was a bear,” Adam said.
Adam was able to take a short video of the bear as it moved across Westview Lane, paused, then trotted toward the woods.
“I was excited because I love bears, they’re cute, but instantly thought of my dogs and other animals that run around this neighborhood. We’ve got a lot of dogs that run around and so I was thinking, oh no, that looked like a baby to me. If there’s a baby, there’s a Momma somewhere,” Adam said.
Adam lives not far from where she and her daughter saw the bear.
So, she went back home to bring her dogs inside and alert her neighbors.
“There’s kids, there’s lots of kids out here that play around, my kids, kids down the street. So I wanted to make sure that they were aware and get inside,” Adam said.
The sighting has Adam’s kids excited, but nervous.
One even drew a picture of the bear and posted it on their house window just to let people know what’s going on.
“It says bear alert so that when people pass by they’ll see it and they’ll know,” Colton Adam said.
Since the incident, Adam has been keeping her dogs inside, something she doesn’t normally do.
“I think we’re going to be a little more cautious here lately just kind of keep them on a leash and let them out and watch them and bring them back in at least for a while, while the bears are out migrating and trying to find food, make sure our trash stays put up,” she said.
This may not have been the only bear out in the area.
Adam said she did hear that someone saw an even bigger one also on Thursday.
She posted her bear video on Facebook.
It has been shared more than 800 times.